Innovation and Economic Growth

Researchers today are trying to understand how information technology affects innovation, productivity, and economic growth while studying the impact of political and legal ground rules. Academics featured here are looking at the potential to create jobs and keep policymakers aware of emerging trends in technology.

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Who’s Afraid of the Dragon?

Nicholas Bloom
Source: The Economist
October 15, 2011

Interview: Rise of the Robots Redux

M. Ryan Calo
Source: SF Gate
August 14, 2011

Penny-Pinching Puts Recovery on Thin Ice

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Wall Street Journal
August 11, 2011

History in the making: When will the meltdown end?

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Investment News
August 10, 2011

Does the Fed Have Anything Useful to Say?

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Green Faucet
August 9, 2011

Four Reasons S&P Got it Right

Richard Epstein
Source: Defining Ideas
August 9, 2011

Some See a VC Bubble in Social-Media Funds

Josh Lerner
Source: Investment News
May 8, 2011

Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps

Josh Lerner
Source: New York Times
February 28, 2011
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TAP Blog

Facial Recognition for Authorisation Purposes

In this third of six reports from the Mapping the Use of Facial Recognition in Public Spaces in Europe (MAPFRE) project, Professor Theodore Christakis, Université Grenoble Alpes, and his colleagues provide the first ever detailed analysis of what is the most widespread way in which facial recognition is used in public and private spaces: to authorize access to a place or to a service.

Théodore Christakis and Karine Bannelier, Claude Castelluccia, and Daniel Le Métayer

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Innovation is a word used to describe new ideas and inventions that have impact – impact to consumers, to markets, to industries, to the economy as a whole, and even to society and culture.

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The Sharing Economy and the Edges of Contract Law: Comparing U.S. and U.K. Approaches

Online platforms and apps like Uber allow work and business to be structured in new ways. Courts must consider how to classify new types of work to resolve disputes over wages and benefits.

By: Miriam A. Cherry